How to Live Your Best Life – Oprah Winfrey

“Live your best life” is Oprah Winfrey’s mantra – but what does it mean? These tips on how to live your best life aren’t directly from Oprah; they’re inspired by her words and life. She’s one of the most strong, successful, powerful women in history and we can learn so much from her — whether we watch her TV show or not! “For every one of us who succeeds, it’s because there’s somebody there to show you the way out,” says Oprah.

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Overcoming an Unexpected Relationship Breakup – Eleanor Roosevelt

The end of a relationship is especially difficult to overcome when you don’t know for sure why it ended! These ways to overcome an unexpected relationship breakup are based on a reader’s question on 10 Tips for Surviving a Breakup. These tips aren’t just for the end of romantic relationships – they include the end of friendships, too. Here’s what Eleanor Roosevelt said about friendship: “Friendship with oneself is all-important, because without it one cannot be friends with anyone else in the world.”

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Making Envy Work for You – Helen Gurley Brown

The life lesson: not only can you make envy work for you — it can improve your life! The successful woman: Helen Gurley Brown – a woman envied by men and women alike. Here’s what Gurley Brown says about envy: “Nearly every glamorous, wealthy, successful career woman you might envy now started out as some kind of schlep.” Few women are born successful, fulfilled, happy, and living the life of their dreams. To make envy work for you (instead of draining your energy and

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Anne Lamott – Limping After Loss

After You Lose Someone You Love, You Walk With a Limp Anne Lamott wrote an article for O magazine, about losing someone you can’t live without. She compared it to a broken leg: you heal, but you’ll always walk with a limp. I found this passage when researching Madonna for See Jane Soar. Here’s what Oprah said to Madonna during an interview: “A few months back, Anne Lamott wrote a piece for my magazine about being 49. I’ll read

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What is a Funeral Director’s Job? Careers in Funeral Services

A funeral director’s job involves helping people plan funeral services with compassion and empathy.  In this career profile, a funeral director describes the challenges and rewards of working in a funeral home, and offers career tips for people interested in this caring profession. Sherry Varkel, an Ontario licensed funeral director since 1997, says that people are often surprised by the personalities of people in her field. “We all have good and positive attitudes,” she says.  They need to in order

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Starting a Graphic Design Business? How a Successful Designer Did It

Whether you want to start a graphic design business or put a little “oomph” into the business you have, you can’t miss this job description! Here, a self-employed Vancouver-based graphic designer offers salary and career tips for aspiring designers. “The general public has a surprisingly low awareness of what communication designers do, exactly,” says Kathy Sigstad, who created Stringbean Design. “Everything in the natural world grows perfectly all on its own, but everything in the human world is shaped by the human mind and hand.” Sigstad

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The Bed and Breakfast Business – What Does a B and B Owner Do?

What’s the bed and breakfast business like? Here, a B and B hotel owner – aka an innkeeper – shares her job description and offers career tips for aspiring bed and breakfast business owners… Nancy Hinchliff owns and operates Aleksander House, a bed and breakfast in Louisville, Kentucky.  She says that most guests are surprised that running a bed and breakfast is so much work. “Most have a very romantic idea of what a bed and breakfast is. They forget

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Registering a Trademark – Should You Make Your Logo Legal?

Make Your Logo Legal by Registering a Trademark Registering a trademark is something both new and “old” entrepreneurs wonder about; these trademark tips will help you decide if you should make your logo legal. If you’re an entrepreneur on your way to success (or you’re already running a successful small business!), it might make sense to protect your creative genius by registering it as a trademark. Before the tips, a quip: “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of

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Should I Be a Singer? What a Music Career is Really Like

Singer Songwriter Lorne Warr’s Rock Band Should you be a singer? Learn what a music career is really like! In this job description, a singer songwriter shares career tips for the music industry. Singing is a job that’s as glamorous as it is gritty. Lorne Warr, the front man of The Streels, blends his musical talents along with storytelling and songwriting gifts to create original music along with Maritime and Celtic tunes. “I was surrounded by music growing up in Newfoundland

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Turning Failure to Success for Female Entrepreneurs – Maya Angelou

Successful female entrepreneurs don’t just survive business failure, relationship failure, or company failures – they turn failure to success! Here are specific ways to cope with failure for businesswomen, with inspiration from Maya Angelou. “You did what you know how to do. When you knew better, you did better.” – Maya Angelou. Bouncing back from failure involves accepting that you did the best you could at the time. When you know better, you do better…and the key is to learn from

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Living Lavishly in Poverty – Wangari Maathai

The life lesson: you can live lavishly no matter how little money you earn or how tired, ill, or just plain crazy you feel. The woman who wasn’t well-behaved: Wangari Maathai.  How do we know Maathai wasn’t well-behaved? Listen to how her ex-husband describes her: “…too educated, too strong, too successful, too stubborn, and too hard to control,” he said. You gotta admire his honesty! Mr Wangari wanted a woman he could control – but you can’t control women who aren’t well-behaved. For

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